Robin Williams says he is a "work-in-progress" dad

Sat Aug 22, 2009 7:45pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Robin Williams stars in a movie called "World's Greatest Dad," but as a real life father of three grown kids the Oscar winner said he had to overcome dark times and was still a work-in-progress.

"I'm so proud of them in different ways, but have they always been cherubs? No, but that's been part of the process," Williams said in an interview.

"And am I the 'world's greatest dad?' Not at all, I'm a work-in-progress, but I love them," said Williams, whose latest of 51 movies opens on Friday.

A son from his first marriage, Zachary, 26, graduated from New York University. From his second marriage were born Zelda, 20, a budding actress, and Cody, who turns 18 this year.

The comic, who in the past has entered rehab to deal with substance abuse, said his difficulties gave his children a ready response when he questioned them about their behavior.

"They went, 'And you had a three-year drunken relapse.' Ah, thank you for bringing that back, my little happy creatures," Williams quipped.

After Zachary graduated from New York University with a degree in rhetoric, Williams joked that his son was qualified to "open a syntax repair shop."

But Williams said he sees how Zachary has pursued his own interests, just as Zelda has made her mark in horror movies and Cody was "kind but brilliant."   Continued...

<p>Actor Robin Williams, star of the film "World's Greatest Dad", poses at the film's premiere in Los Angeles, California August 13, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>